World’s Strangest

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World’s Growing Obesity is Like Adding an Extra Billion People

Want to rile up a Malthusian? Tell ‘em that not only there will be billions more people on Earth, there will be billions more FAT people! According to researchers from the London School of Hygiene [...]

What Do Snakes and Sticks Have to Do With Doctors?

If you’ve ever seen the World Health Organization or American Medical Association logo, or the “star of life” on the side of an ambulance, you might have wondered what a snake wrapped around a stick has to do with those who fix what ails us. Well, that stick is the asklepian, or rod of Asclepius. In [...]

Is It Time to Destroy the Last Smallpox Stores?

Scientists and health officials are pretty certain that the smallpox virus exists in only two places in the world: at the CDC in Atlanta and in a government laboratory in Russia. The World Health Organization declared the disease eradicated in 1979, and the two remaining supplies are for research only. This week, the 64th World [...]

Is America a Nation in Decline?

If you listen to the pundits on TV and radio (on both sides of the political spectrum), it seems like this country is going to hell in a handbasket with jets strapped to our backs. But are they actually right? Fareed Zakaria of TIME magazine takes an in-depth look at whether America’s best days are [...]

World AIDS Day

Almost missed this one: Today is World AIDS Day (it’s founded by the World Health Organization founded back in 1988 to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to honor the persons who have died from HIV/AIDS). Chicago Now has a gallery of influential and famous people who have died from the disease. Do you recognize [...]

Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels in Malaysia

Forget the namby-pamby cigarette warning label we have here in the United States. Here’s a very graphic warning label from cartons of Malaysian clove cigarettes. Alas, even these warning labels do not have much effect on smokers. From World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Western Pacific’s smoking statistics: - About half of all Malaysian men smoke. [...]

An Anniversary Worth Celebrating

On October 26th, 1977, a hospital cook in Somalia named Ali Maow Maalin was diagnosed with smallpox. What makes this so remarkable is that no naturally-occurring cases of smallpox have been diagnosed in the 32 years since. The global eradication of smallpox was certified, based on intense verification activities in countries, by a commission of eminent [...]